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BYU home to nation's best chemical engineering student

BYU undergrad Josh Wilkerson used his in-depth knowledge of protein therapeutics to beat out students from Georgia Tech, Berkeley and other elite universities to recently win the nation’s top chemical engineering student honor. 

December 13, 2018
BYU Rocketry sets Guinness World Record

BYU Rocketry set the new Guinness World Record for the highest launch of an effervescent tablet rocket while winning $30,000 in the Bayer Alka-Rocket Challenge.

December 13, 2018
Taking origami to space

Watch as Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli demonstrates the use of innovative origami designs created by BYU engineers.

December 13, 2018
Engineering students build smaller, equally powerful version of Village Drill

The nonprofit behind the original Village Drill,, and BYU engineering students have teamed up again to make a smaller but equally powerful version of the tool that can still reach depths over 100 feet and costs less than $2,500 per well to a local community.

December 13, 2018
BYU Rocketry club makes Bayer Alka-Rocket Challenge finals, competing for Guiness World Record

BYU Rocketry is one of the top five finalists in Bayer's Annual Alka-Rocket Challenge. The team will be competing to break last year's Guinness World Record and win $30,000. The Challenge will take place Dec.12 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

November 19, 2018
First-ever BYU alumni “tech summit” held in Austin

The first-ever BYU alumni-organized tech summit welcomed more than 150 attendees and representatives from 75 companies.

November 16, 2018
Watch: Self-flying drones in disaster zones: BYU engineers help design safer structures

A BYU team, led by BYU professors Kevin Franke (civil engineering) and John Hedengren (chemical engineering), has developed a program that will allow a drone to map its own route and fly independently to image an entire city. The team tested the new algorithm recently in Italian cities that were destroyed by a massive earthquake two years ago.

November 9, 2018
BYU Engineering creating new breed of drones that can navigate without GPS

BYU research into “GPS-denied environments” is producing a new breed of fixed-wing UAVs that can navigate effectively when GPS signals are intermittent, interrupted, degraded or altogether nonexistent.

November 1, 2018
October 29, 2018
BYU Engineering develops multi-university capstone program for UAV research

BYU and Boeing partner to develop multi-university capstone course to help engineering graduates acquire needed skills in the area of drone research.

October 17, 2018
BYU: A national center for UAV research

BYU's Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems is the only National Science Foundation-funded unmanned aircraft research center in the country.

October 17, 2018
Engineering Building opens on BYU campus

The new building opened Sept. 4, 2018 for the first day of BYU's 2018-2019 school year. The Daily Herald interview with assistant dean Jim Trent hints at what the new building has to offer. 

September 4, 2018
BYU Construction Management program ranked #1 best value in nation

The Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering's Construction Management program ranked first in Value College's "Top 50 Best Value Bachelor's in Construction Management 2019" ranking.

August 31, 2018
Chemical engineering professor and student develop new wildfire smoke emissions model

A BYU chemical engineering professor and his Ph.D. student have developed an advanced model that can help predict pollution caused by wildfire smoke.

The research, sponsored by the USDA Forest Service and the Department of Energy, provides a physical model that can more reliably predict soot and smoke emissions from wildfires over a range of conditions.

August 24, 2018
NSF asks electrical engineering profs to build new receiver for one of world's largest radio telescopes

The National Science Foundation has awarded Brian Jeffs and Karl Warnick a $5.8 million grant to mount a super-sensitive super-antenna at the focal point of the 1000-foot diameter Arecibo Observatory dish. The super-antenna, more accurately named a phased array feed, will increase the telescopes’ observation capabilities five times over.

August 17, 2018
Engeering Ph.D. grad, NASA research fellow leads by example

After graduating with his Ph.D. this month, Alden will move to the Netherlands where he will begin a post-doctoral position at Delft University of Technology, a world-renowned university in this field. During his two years there, he will work with teams doing spacecraft research, and other research on micro-mechanisms.  

August 17, 2018
New cybersecurity major available Fall 2018

BYU has created five new courses of study available to its students starting Fall Semester 2018, including a BS in Cybersecurity.

July 26, 2018
Devotional: Keeping the Spiritual Lifeblood Flowing

Steven L. Shumway delivered the BYU devotional address on June 26, 2018. Dr. Shumway teaches courses in electronics, robotics, and power and energy, as well as how to be an effective teacher and administer assessments in the field of technology. 

July 25, 2018
New department chairs announced

Dr. Aaron Hawkins and Dr. Norman Jones began their respective terms as department chair on June 1, 2018. Dr. Hawkins replaced Dr. Brent Nelson and Dr. Jones replaced Dr. Rollin Hotchkiss. 

July 23, 2018
Industrial design students reach across the ocean to design outdoor lighting products

Every year, industrial design students in BYU’s professional program design user-focused product prototypes for partnering companies.

July 10, 2018
BYU students win international technology competition

BYU’s Technology and Engineering Studies students came home victorious from this year’s Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association (TEECA) conference and student competitions in Atlanta.

June 27, 2018
BYU traffic study: No more left turns on busy streets

BYU traffic engineers Grant Schultz and Mitsuru Saito are on a mission to stop people from making left turns on busy roads. It’s not because they want to make life more difficult; it’s because they want to save it.

June 21, 2018
Robots: a new method of learning

Imagine you're a child waking up every morning afraid and upset because you are unable to communicate your needs. Or envision being a parent, breaking into tears, trying everything you can to pacify your child and get them to ask you a question. For children on the autism spectrum and their parents, this can often be reality.

June 19, 2018
TEDxBYU professor, Greg Nordin, lectures about 3D printing for lab-on-a-chip

What we can do in technology is defined by our tools. If we want new possibilities, we need to create new tools.

June 7, 2018
Convocation speaker offers insights about succeeding amidst competition

At the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology convocation ceremonies on Friday April 27, graduates were inspired by Lauren Bird, vice president and general manager of the Valero McKee Refinery, as he taught them how to succeed amidst competition. 

May 29, 2018
Meghan Markle using the mighty Village Drill

Before becoming a Royal family member, Meghan Markle spent time in Rwanda using the Village Drill to help bring water to rural communities.

May 24, 2018
Forum: Self-flying vehicles

Randal Beard, professor of Electrical Engineering and the recipient of BYU’s Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award, delivered the Forum address on Tuesday. He discussed the technology in autonomous vehicles and how he anticipates the field progressing in the future. 

May 23, 2018
Two Engineering and Technology majors selected as Women of Courage

When one hears the phrase ‘women of courage,’ names like Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, and Helen Keller come to mind, but women of courage are all around us. Last week, BYU recognized seven Women of Courage Award winners, two of whom come from the Ira A. Fulton College.

May 14, 2018
Alum, Ford employee shares insight on benefits of postgraduate degree

After graduating from BYU with a degree in manufacturing engineering technology in 2013, Rebecca Peterson decided to continue her education and earn a master’s degree. Upon completing the master’s program in 2015, she landed a job with Ford and now works at the company’s Dearborn Truck Plant (DTP) in the Detroit metropolitan area.

April 27, 2018
BYU supermileage vehicle places first in international competition

Under blue skies on the sun-drenched track of Sonoma Raceway, the BYU team earned top honors in their category at the 12th edition of the Shell Eco-marathon Americas competition, recording 1,985.4 miles per gallon with its ultra-energy-efficient “BYU SMV” internal combustion Prototype vehicle. Among the 98 student teams, half were powered by renewable energy sources.

April 26, 2018
Reaching for the sky: one of the college's own to give university commencement speech

Jared Blanchard will represent the graduates as the student speaker at BYU’s Commencement exercises this month. Like many of his fellow classmates, he has accomplished a lot during his time at BYU.

April 24, 2018
Making waves

For the past seven years, the Utah Underwater Robotics program has worked with hundreds of elementary and middle school kids to teach them principles of science, math, engineering, and technology, impacting gradeschool kids and college-aged students.

April 24, 2018
BYU students create hands-free device that automatically opens doors for wheelchair users

A group of BYU students have created a device that attaches to the motor on automatic doors so that they open automatically as a wheelchair user approaches. Wheelchair users need only download an accompanying smartphone app and have their phone in a pocket or in their backpack to activate a door once they reach a 5-foot radius.

April 20, 2018
Water droplets defy conventional rules when caught by fibers bent at a certain angle

Ever wanted to know at what angle a bent fiber can hold the largest droplet of water? Then we have great news for you: A group of engineers and scientists from Utah State University, BYU and the University of Liege (Belgium) have figured it out.

April 19, 2018
Engine-building BYU grad encourages students to change the world

If you have ever seen “The Fast and the Furious” movies then you must have noticed the powerful turbocharged engines in their cars. Although the films are not known for their realism, BYU grad Matthew Bingham helps engineer real life turbocharged engines for the Fortune 500 company Cummins.

April 11, 2018
Professor and students create a do-it-yourself engineering activities book for kids

Geoff Wright, associate professor of technology and engineering studies, and a team of students worked to collect, design, and edit, rainy-day engineering activities for kids and their parents and teachers to explore together.

April 10, 2018
The future is bright: WE@BYU

The theme for this WE@BYU: Women in Engineering and Technology Celebration was, "The Future's So Bright, You Gotta Wear Shades!" Alumni gave their best advice to students, and Sydne Jacques, founder owner of Jacques & Associates, gave the closing remarks, encouraging female students to have confidence in their bright futures.

April 6, 2018
Engineering capstone project aids LDS Charities

Since 2001, LDS Charities has provided about 700,000 wheelchairs to disabled people in over 130 countries. A BYU Capstone project group from the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology is working to make those wheelchairs even more helpful to those in need by implementing a hand-pedaling feature to the chairs.

April 6, 2018
BYU grad uses engineering to keep Air Force pilots safe

Have you ever used a flight simulator?  BYU alum Jessica Collyer tests and improves them every day for her job at Hill Air Force Base as a software test engineer. Collyer received her mechanical engineering degree from BYU in 2016 and now works as a software test engineer for the United States Air Force. 

March 30, 2018
2018 Student Innovator of the Year seeks to make world more accessible

Seven finalists competed in the SIOY competition and Piero has been named 2018 Student Innovator of the Year! Piero won $6,000 for their efforts to make the lives of wheelchair users easier. They created Portal, a hands-free device that automatically opens doors when a wheelchair user with their app approaches the door.

March 29, 2018
BYU hosts regional chemical engineering conference

Over 150 chemical engineering students from 11 different schools across the Rocky Mountain region flocked to BYU from Mar. 22-24 for the annual AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) conference.

March 29, 2018
Renowned humanitarian addresses engineering careers in the developing world

Humanitarian and engineer, Bishnu Adhikari spoke at the college lecture series, addressing engineering and technology students in the JSB auditorium on March 15. He talked about engineering challenges he has faced and continues to face out in the world, and how he worked to overcome those challenges.

March 20, 2018
Daily Universe: BYU offers variety of opportunities for women in engineering

Kate Corbett, a senior in civil engineering, shares her experience being mentored and as a mentor to other female students as part of the BYU Women in Engineering and Technology program. 

March 14, 2018
BYU students compete in national cyber security competition

A team of information technology students with experience in cyber analytics is participating in a national cyber competition, the final phase of which will take place on April 12 and 13. The National Cyber Analyst Challenge and Conference (NCAC) supports the nation’s best students pursuing cyber-related degrees by holding a three-phase competition focused on cyber defense, risk analysis, threat identification, remediation, and communication.

March 13, 2018
BYU Devotional: Discovering Your Divine Individuality

Julie Crockett, associate professor of mechanical engineering, gave the devotional address in the Marriott Center on March 6. She spoke about how striving for perfection, to become more like Christ, doesn't mean losing our individuality; rather, it means enhancing it.

March 7, 2018
BYU professor receives lifetime achievement award

Earning the Wallace Hayward Baker Award was a culmination of a lifetime of "ingenious innovation in the field of ground modification" for Professor Kyle Rollins, who has worked for years on developing solutions to tricky problems in the field of geotechnical engineering.  

March 6, 2018
Construction Management students and faculty shine at national conference

Brian Capt, associate teaching professor of construction and facilities management, received the Outstanding Educator Award for 4-year schools at the 2018 National Association of Home Builders conference in Orlando, FL. The BYU Construction Management team won third place in the show category in the student competition.

February 23, 2018
ME grad puts problem-solving skills to use at Ford

Dallin Redd graduated from BYU in 2016 with a degree in mechanical engineering and went on to join Ford’s team as a brake controls engineer. He uses daily problem-solving skills that he developed as an undergraduate at BYU. 

February 20, 2018
Earthquake-resistant design wins college’s 3MT competition

BYU innovation hit a high note at the annual college 3MT competition when graduate students presented their thesis work to a panel of judges. The wide array of ideas presented varied from a drone system that provides accessible internet worldwide to super strong steel and a radiation resistant organism.

February 16, 2018
Follow your curiosity and other life lessons from Raytheon VP

Laura J. McGill, engineering vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems, spoke to students and faculty as part of the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology college lecture series yesterday in the JSB auditorium.

February 16, 2018